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John Newton's "In Evil Long I Took Delight"

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"IN EVIL LONG I TOOK DELIGHT" Hymn No. 57 in Book 2 of John Newton's Olney Hymnal of 1779.

On Sunday, August 9, 2009, Pastor Don Fortner of Grace Baptist Church in Danville, KY began his sermon, "Christ Our Substitute", by quoting from this hymn. I was completely riveted by the words Mr. Newton wrote so long ago: "In evil long I took delight, unawed by shame or fear, 'til a new object struck my sight and stopped my wild career. I saw One hanging on a tree in agonies and blood; Who fixed His lanquid eyes on me, as near His cross I stood."

In my research, I discovered that Newton ascribed the heading, "Looking at the Cross". In these few verses, he tells of his own appointed encounter with the LORD Jesus Christ. He saw the Lamb of God dying there on that cruel tree and understood that his own sin had put the LORD Jesus there. By divine revelation, Newton declared what only the Spirit of Christ can make known to the heart of His chosen people, "Christ must die that I may live!"

Christ Our Substitute! In his sermon, Pastor Fortner expounds the wonders of the cross. At the cross, a great miracle procured eternal bliss for each and every elect sinner named by God the Father in the Everlasting Covenant of Sovereign Grace. God the Son became sin for every soul named in that Covenant of Eternal Love. Christ paid the debt that each elect sinner owed by washing each soul in His Own Blood. Each is eternally set free from death and sin forevermore. The penalty owed to an Holy God is erased, for the debt had been paid by Christ on each sinner's behalf. Praise His Name!

Mr. Fortner says: "When Christ Jesus was made sin for us, God poured out the vials of all His anger, fury, wrath and justice on His Darling Son. He emptied vengeance upon Him. He emptied fury upon Him. He slew His Son, Who was made sin for us, and He now pours out on us all the fullness of grace and glory and multiplied mercy and peace, because He daily loadeth us with the benefits flowing from the sacrifice of His Darling Son, as our substitute." Here is the link to Pastor Fortner's sermon: http://www.sermonaudio.com/...

All that I am, all that I have, is His. And all that He is, all that He has, is mine. O glorious cross! O Glorious Saviour! O Glorious eternal love of God to unworthy beggars such as we are!

Substitution is the very heart of the true Gospel. Substitution is what the Bible plainly declares on every page, "...for He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us (each soul named in the Everlasting Covenant), Who knew no sin (God the Son, the spotless Lamb of God); that we (the elect) might be made the righteousness of God in Him (our Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ)". 2 Corinthians 5:21

The false gospel of "universal atonement" can never speak of the wonder of substitution for sin. The fakers and the charletans must hide the truth about the atonement of our LORD. They must deny the fact that Christ paid for the sins of His people, for revealing this truth would send their "official story" of the cross packing! But God's truth will be made known in all the world! There could NEVER, NEVER, NEVER be one soul punished in eternal hell for whom Christ died! No way! No way! No way! If your pastor, teacher, friend or family member tells you that Jesus died for EVERYBODY, and now it's up to YOU to decide to accept Him as your Saviour, put your fingers in your ears, turn tail and run in the opposite direction as fast as you can, shouting, "LIFE! LIFE! ETERNAL LIFE!" Turn from the lies and the liars and head straight for the LORD Jesus Christ.

Don't be fooled in this treacherous generation! Lies are the earmark of the age. Beware! To believe the lies that politicians and elected officials tell will lead you into tyranny and bondage. But to believe the lies of pastors and fake brethren will lead your soul to hell forevermore! This is very serious business!

Where is Truth to be found? God has given us His Word, the Holy Bible. I recommend that you acquire an Authorized Version of the King James Bible (AVKJV) without notes or commentary. Read! Read! Read and pray that the LORD would reveal His Gospel to your heart for the saving of your soul! And listen to the preaching of God's Word by faithful men who know Him and have tasted of the grace which results in a saving faith. Fine preaching by men of God may be found at http://www.freegraceradio.com.

I welcome you to download the music FREE at http://media.sermonaudio.co..., and here is another fine sermon from Don Fortner, entitled, "God Has Made Christ Sin", 2 Corinthians 5:21: http://www.sermonaudio.com/...

In closing, thank you Mr. Newton. The work Christ has wrought in you continues to bless the people of God hundreds of years after our LORD has called you home be with Him in glory. In the video, you will hear the new melody I have written for Mr. Newton's sacred poem. Show less
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